Every morning I open the front door and step outside and go running about, along the roads, in the parks, by the side of the river…
I like running about; with no plan, no where to go or reason to be doing it.
When I was young I liked this too – in fact I liked two things a lot… I liked running as fast as I could on grass, racing along – like the wind…
Flying on land…
And I liked going a long way… Setting off on adventures, walking or running for miles, and often getting lost!
Many years years later, I still like these two things a lot… Running as fast as I can on grass, racing along – like the wind – flying on land; and I like going a long way.
I like to journey for the sake of journeying
I like going running for the sake of running
I like living life for the sake of living – Life an adventure
Life as an experience – no where to ‘get to’
So much of a life can be spent trying to ‘get there’… To the end of exams, and then to the end of more exams, and then to get a job and then to get a better one… Always trying to ‘get somewhere’ – and then off again…
Now there is nothing wrong at all with stretching towards a goal, to accomplish something is wonderful.
But more wonderful and fun than trying to arrive – is to be journeying towards the goal in the moment.
Relaxed and free… One step at a time towards the goal, fully present… The Zen of achievement – a sort of oxymoron!
Being on planet earth lends itself to creating a life, sharing our existence and achieving things and creating a reality that we can enjoy.
But it is far more fun to fully experience the experiences; to be here and now in whatever we are doing…
The Zen of exam revision
The Zen of art and music
The Zen of learning a new skill
The Zen of stretching to get fitter stronger
The Zen of making more money
The Zen of building a new home
The Zen of running….
The Zen of life in each moment